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Shianne Fisher

No more through-traffic for snowmobilers in Tiffin

Pit stops to The Depot, Throttle Down still allowed

TIFFIN– Despite early snow activity, Tiffin residents could be seeing fewer snowmobilers downtown this year.
Due to the widening of Highway 6 as part of the Ireland Avenue updates, no sufficient right-of-way exists for snowmobiles between Grant Street and The Depot.
“Really we’ve created this kind of bottleneck and choked them out a little bit,” said City Administrator Doug Boldt. “They can’t get through there anymore.”
Derrick Parker, secretary of the Iowa Snowdrifters, brought the group’s concerns to the Tiffin City Council members’ attention at a Dec. 6 meeting.

Spartans dominate

Solon grabs 25 pins against Keokuk, PCM and Wilton in home duals

SOLON– It was a clean sweep for the Spartan wrestlers at the Solon Duals on Thursday, Dec. 22.
The Solon varsity wrestlers led the scoreboard all night, going 3-0 in matchups against Keokuk, Prairie City Monroe (PCM) and Wilton.
“I thought it was one of our best performances of the season,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s a good way to head into break. Hopefully we’ll carry that momentum over once we start back up in January.”

Solon takes first at North Linn

Spartans suffer narrow loss to fourth-ranked Western Dubuque

TROY MILLS– It takes a team to come out on top.
That’s exactly what the Solon varsity wrestlers proved last weekend at the North Linn Varsity Lynx Invitational. All the Spartans showed up to wrestle Saturday, Dec. 17, in Troy Mills, taking first place ahead of Williamsburg.
“Anytime you can get all 14 wrestlers to place and score points as a team, that’s a great thing,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “That’s how you’re going to win tournaments like that– getting contributions from all 14, not just the champions.”

Lighting up the holidays

North Liberty couple creates annual “Gingerbread House”

NORTH LIBERTY– You may as well call them Mr. and Mrs. Kris Kringle.
The Crandalls– with a name uncannily close to the Christmas gift bearer– have delivered seasonal joy year after year with their holiday light display on Troon Court in North Liberty.
“Pretty much everybody expects it,” said Lorrie Crandall. “We’ll just be sitting out in the summertime and people will drive by and say, ‘We love your Christmas house!’ It really started because we enjoyed taking our kids around to see the lights when they were little. We ended up being one of those houses people go see.”

Tiffin council and CCA board working together

Future recreation center, crossing guards discussed at joint meeting

TIFFIN– Everyone just wants what’s best for the community.
That was the sentiment at a joint meeting Wednesday, Dec. 7, between the Tiffin City Council and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District Board of Directors.
At the hour-long meeting in the Springmier Community Library, the groups discussed multiple topics, including cost-shared crossing guards, upcoming Park Road construction and a future recreation center.

Running into winter

City staffer closes in on 1,000 miles to raise funds for Girls on the Run

NORTH LIBERTY– You won’t often find Nick Bergus jogging around the indoor track at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
“I don’t like running inside,” he said. “It’s definitely not my favorite.”
Despite his office in the North Liberty Communications Department being located virtually underneath the track, Bergus said he prefers outdoor runs– even in the winter.
“I’ve got my whole chart for outside temperature and what I need to actually wear,” he said. “This time of year I’m in the baklava and I’m wearing two layers on my legs and two or three layers on top.”

Solon takes 4th at talent-packed Independence tournament

INDEPENDENCE– Solon wrestling proved itself a contender at its first tournament of the season last weekend.
The varsity Solon wrestlers took fourth place at the 25-team invitational in Independence, finishing with 227 team points and a pair of runner-up titles after two days of 3A, 2A and 1A competition.
“I thought we had a pretty strong showing,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “It was the toughest tournament hands down in the state of Iowa this first weekend.”

Paving Park Road

Developer’s agreement to help accommodate new interchange traffic

TIFFIN– It’s going to take a lot of dirt– 1.7 million yards of it– to make Park Road more driver-friendly before the Forevergreen interchange opens.
And Scott Andersen is ready to break ground.
“That road’s got to be paved before the ramp gets open,” he told Tiffin City Council at a special meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15. “So how do you get there? Are you just going to asphalt what’s there? I don’t think that’s the right answer. I think you guys agreed to that the last time we were here.”

New kids in town

Solon wrestling team welcomes Highland state champions

SOLON– One wrestler does not a team make, but it doesn’t hurt to add some fresh talent.
And this year two shining seniors from Riverside have grappled their way onto the Solon wrestling team, which kicks off its varsity season Thursday, Dec. 1, with a 6 p.m. dual at Williamsburg.
“It was kind of a surprise, but I think they’ve really fit in well with the rest of the guys,” said Solon head coach Blake Williams, who led the team to an 8-3 conference record last year and 16-5 overall.

City council to make decision on mayoral vacancy

Members must appoint or hold special election

NORTH LIBERTY– Members of the North Liberty City Council have an important decision to make this month, but it seems as though that decision has already been made for them.
“I do know there is at least one person that is actively collecting signatures to force a special election,” Mayor Amy Nielsen told council members at a Nov. 22 meeting. “You might as well call for it.”

TiffinFest to be revamped July 2017

Council transfers funds to new group,

TIFFIN– After a two-year hiatus, TiffinFest is making a comeback, although the beloved town festival may look a little different.
At its Nov. 1 meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved the transfer of roughly $14,000 in previous festival funds to a new committee determined to reintegrate the weekend event back into the community.
“We just decided that it needed to be an all new event,” said organizer Melissa Fontanini, owner of Bella Sala in Tiffin. “New name, new logo, fresh faces running it, new activities. It really is going to be an amazing, fun, family-friendly event.”

Living the good life at Keystone Place

New senior facility provides quality care and location

NORTH LIBERTY– Sue and Bruce Clark, of Iowa City, were finally able to move into their new home late last month– along with dozens of other area seniors.
“It’s been a long time we’ve been waiting,” said Sue. “We’re proud that we can live here.”